If you notice that your tyres have an uneven tread or if you feel a pulling motion whilst steering, this may be a sign that clients should get their vehicle’s wheel alignment checked. At AutoQuest Redhill Ltd, our mechanics are trained to undertake garage services, including wheel alignment and tyre balancing, to ensure your car performs to its maximum potential.
What is Wheel Alignment?
Wheel alignment, which is also called ‘tracking’, is the process carried out by mechanics to ensure that the wheels and axles of your car are set to the correct position and move in the same direction. The position is outlined by the manufacturer’s specifications, which has been calculated during the design of the steering and suspension systems. Maintaining the wheel alignment of your vehicle will benefit motorists in Redhill, Reigate and Surrey with superior handling on the road. At AutoQuest Redhill Ltd, we perform regular car servicing and MOT testing as part of our garage services, which will identify any wheel alignment issues that require immediate attention.
Wheel Alignment Causes and Issues
The main reasons that motorists in Redhill, Reigate and Surrey encounter wheel alignment problems is due to minor collisions and prangs, such as bumping into a low-rise wall, concrete bollards or from hitting a high kerb whilst parking. Other common incidences include driving across a pothole, uneven road surfaces or rough terrain, in addition to the components of steering and suspension systems suffering from wear due to excessive use. Whatever the cause may be, Redhill, Reigate and Surrey clients can rely on our garage services carried out by a fully-qualified team to realign your wheels in a fast and efficient manner.
Servicing and MOT Testing
It is important to schedule routine car servicing every 6 to 12 months and annual MOT testing for your vehicle. Following a car inspection, our technicians will be able to identify any problems at the earliest stage, preventing further damage to your vehicle and limiting the amount of garage services and repairs needed in the future. Wheel alignment garage services will provide private and trade clients with an optimal driving experience.
Both car servicing and MOT testing include checks for the following:
- Condition of steering and suspension components, such as signs of wear or corrosion
- Current state of the tyres, including the tread depth of main and spare tyres
- Balance of the wheels and all tyres
These inspections can help to indicate whether Redhill, Reigate and Surrey clients require garage services for a wheel alignment. The advantages of regular checks result in a longer lifespan for your tyres (up to 12,000 miles) and increase efficiency of your vehicle without the resistance against the surface of the road affecting your fuel consumption.
Signs to Watch Out For
Redhill, Reigate and Surrey clients can perform simple, visual checks of their vehicle to help determine if their tyres are not balanced correctly or if the wheel alignment needs adjusting. This will improve the safety and performance of your car.
The clear signs to watch out for are as follows:
- An uneven tread or wear to specific tyres
- Pulling motions to the right or left of the vehicle
- An off-centre steering wheel when driving in a straight direction
- Vibrations when handling the steering wheel
Tyre balancing and wheel alignment are often performed together to repair any imbalances with a vehicle’s wheels. The garage services we provide for Redhill, Reigate and Surrey clients include checking the static and dynamic planes, which tests the vertical and lateral movements of your wheels. From here, out technicians can source any vibration issues motorists have reported to experience whilst driving. Modern wheel alignment machinery is required to complete these essential garage services, which produces clear printouts of your wheel alignment readings. This method will help to prolong the health of your tyres and overall vehicle performance.
If you need more information about our garage services, including arranging a wheel alignment for your vehicle in Redhill, Reigate or the nearby Surrey area, call 01737 333 314.
Motorists in Redhill, Reigate and the nearby Surrey areas can expect vehicle components, such as batteries and electrical wiring, plus an engine tune-up and oil change, as part of our car servicing packages to examine the performance of your car.
Wheel alignment, which is also called ‘tracking’, is the process carried out by mechanics to ensure that the wheels and axles of your car are set to the correct position and move in the same direction